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18
Oct
10

Invisible Man Design

As promised, here’s Vince Dorse’s design concept for my award-winning Invisible Man feltie.  According to Vince, he was inspired by both Claude Rains’ portrayal in the 1933 movie, The Invisible Man, and HG Wells’ description of the character in his 1897 novel of the same name.  If you know Vince, you know he enjoys old-timey stuff with a lot of texture and layers and “age” to it.  So this doll, with its vintage feel and last-century sensibilities, was a perfect project for him.

I had a lot of fun bringing this guy to life.  And all those layers of clothes (and cuffs and trim and sashes) made it a real challenge.  Seriously, I can’t tell you how many times I googled “ascot” to see how to felt one.  In the end, I came away with a real enthusiasm for detail work and I hope to explore that more as I learn and grow with this felting thing.

17
Sep
10

Jekyll and Hyde Design

Here’s another art doll design Vince Dorse did for me.  This one, obviously, for my Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde feltie.  I love how this looks like an old timey movie poster.  This is the first of three in a series centered around horror literature.  I’ll be posting the other designs (and the dolls I made from them) soon.

03
Sep
10

Needle Felted Red and Wolf Design

In my last two posts I’ve mentioned that I work with an artist friend who does the design work for a lot of my projects.  I really like what he comes up with so I thought I should write a post about him and how our process works.

Most of the time he begins with a sketch that establishes the structure of the character and a follow-up color comp so I know what color wool to use.  Then I start sculpting.  Not only do those sketches turn into a wool doll, but most of the time he brings the illustration to a more finished stage.  That’s what this image is.  I love the old timey look he gave to Red and the wolf.

He has a website that is a full of his illustrations, the stuff he does when he’s not designing my projects.  Check them out at www.vincedorse.com




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